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Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M.

 
 
Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M. Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 21, 2020
1. Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M. Marker
Inscription.  

Founded in 1870, this is Houston's second oldest Masonic Lodge. On May 11, 1870, twenty-two Master Masons, in response to the growth in Houston's population, signed a petition requesting a charter for a new lodge from the Grand Lodge of Texas. Gray Lodge No.329 was constituted in the hall of Houston's first Masonic Lodge, Holland Lodge No.1.

The lodge was named for William Fairfax Gray, who was in Texas as a land agent and attended the convention at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1836 when Texas declared Independence from Mexico. Gray moved his family from Virginia to Houston in 1837. He was by profession an Attorney and served as Clerk of the Republic of Texas House of Representatives and the Senate in 1837 and 1838.

Over the years the organization has been involved in a variety of community activities, Masons from Gray Lodge were among the first to respond to victims of the devastating Galveston storm in September 1900. A Masonic relief committee distributed groceries and medicine and a temporary relief committee was authorized to provide assistance. Gray Lodge No. 329 continues to serve the community and promote a spirit
Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M. and Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 21, 2020
2. Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M. and Marker
of brotherhood and goodwill.
 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10672.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Fraternal or Sororal Organizations.
 
Location. 29° 44.272′ N, 95° 38.896′ W. Marker is near Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Barker Oaks Drive 0.2 miles north of Westheimer Road (Farm to Market Road 1093). The marker is located next to the main entrance to the Gray Lodge. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2370 Barker Oaks Drive, Houston TX 77077, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. LH7 Ranch (approx. 3˝ miles away); Former Site of the Marks LH7 Ranch (approx. 3˝ miles away); Alief Cemetery (approx. 3˝ miles away); Dairy (Alief) (approx. 3.8 miles away); Barker Post Office (approx. 4˝ miles away); Moore Log House (approx. 5.3 miles away); Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Hodge's Bend Cemetery (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Freemasonry. Wikipedia (Submitted on November 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 

2. Grand Lodge of Texas. Wikipedia (Submitted on November 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M. image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 21, 2020
3. Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M.
Cornerstone of current building image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 21, 2020
4. Cornerstone of current building
Cornerstone of old building image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 21, 2020
5. Cornerstone of old building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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